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RIP Cynthia Lennon

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Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon’s ex-wife, died….she was 75…….many of us remember Cynthia next to John Lennon when The Beatles came to the US or in other of the group’s big events…..they met in Liverpool before the group was famous…..the marriage broke up when Yoko met John in 1968……..I always had a nice impression of Cynthia…….RIP Cynthia…..I’d bet that there are lots of people who remember you today….click to read:

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April 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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US-Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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GUEST:  We will be joined by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog…..a big topic this week is Brazil and the massive demonstrations against the government…..we will also look at other issues at Argentina and the case of Mr Alberto Nisman…….plus Venezuela…...some news about the economy of Peru……Uruguay and Guantanamo… to listen:

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April 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

How do you say “Tea Party” in Portuguese?

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(My new American Thinker post)

We’ve seen massive anti-government demonstrations in Brazil over the last few weeks. These marches are happening because the people are disgusted. 

What we are seeing in Brazil is a perfect storm of misguided populist policies, an unsustainable welfare state, and the corruption that always comes when big business and bureaucrats are too cozy, i.e. “crony capitalism”.

Take a look: there are all of the signs of “a tea party” or whatever they want to call it in Portuguese.   

The March 15 demonstration was the largest Sao Paulo had seen in more than three decades, since 1984 protests demanding democratic elections after a long dictatorship.

And the amazing thing is that a young conservative is leading the way:

But more surprising than the crowd of more than 200,000, according to the Datafolha polling and statistics agency, was the fact it was being led by Kataguiri, a skinny, 19-year-old college dropout, and other young Brazilian activists inspired by libertarianism and conservative free-market ideals.
The grandson of Japanese immigrants, Kataguiri is a social media star whose quirky videos skewer Rousseff and the ruling party’s social welfare policies. His ascent as a protest figure has been rapid. Two years ago, when protests erupted across Brazil over corruption and poor public services, Kataguiri was a high schooler who avoided the unrest.
Today, he is the public face of the Free Brazil Movement, a growing force that is more focused than the 2013 unrest that expressed a wide range of middle-class anger. Brazil’s new wave of protests are seen as a right-leaning movement clearly channeled against Rousseff and her Workers’ Party.

This is the best news that we’ve heard from Latin America all year. It confirms that many people are sick and tired of the kind of “populismo” that has given us the big but rather inefficient Brazilian economy.   

In fact, the Economist reports that the economy will shrink in 2015! The economy will shrink but the marches will grow.

Frank Sinatra used to sing that they drink a lot of coffee in Brazil. It looks like there may be “a tea party” with a little samba, too!   

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How do you say ‘Tea Party’ in Portuguese?

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April 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

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